ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Nick Markakis had some disappointing news on Monday. While his broken left thumb is healing, he still has to keep the pins in it until next week.It was crushed too bad in there, had a lot of pieces here and there. Probably on a clean break, they could come out today, Markakis said.Markakis saw orthopedist Dr. Brian Schofield in Sarasota, Fla. He operated on Markakis broken hamate bone in his right wrist earlier in the season.His thumb was broken on Sept. 8 by a pitch from CC Sabathia.My situation is a little different, so they want to keep it in for another week. I'm sure I'll be in a splint for a week or two after that.
We're probably a good three weeks away--at a minimum," Markakis said.That puts Markakis availability for even the World Series in jeopardy. The Sabathia fastball did a lot of damage. Want to make sure this heals long term, manager Buck Showalter said."We know three weeks from now whats happening in baseball. So keep plugging to get to that goal."Markakis always maintains a stoic front--even when there's disappointing news.
"I didn't expect them to come out. I knew there was a chance they could come out today, but when they told me, it was three or four weeks.Just the severity of the break, he wants to be on the safe side than on thesorry side," Markakis said.